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Mike Shares his views on Volunteering

  • 8 May 2019 11:58 AM
    Message # 7329713
    Linda Walton (Administrator)

    Albert Einstein said "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."   This from a man who didn't comb his hair, so it must be important.
     
      In an all volunteer organization, it is important. When you depend on volunteers, you never know the skill level or the dedication of the people who will show up to do the job needing doing.      Things should be kept, you might say, at an "adequate" level. Sure, better ideas will be presented. Ideas that on the face seem to be a lot better, but only after one looks deeper do the real issues appear.
     
      Most ideas that seem "better" also bring with them increased complexity.  Complexity brings with it effort.  When complexity is increased,  the effort to work the idea must be increased.  Complexity imbedded into the system then calls for increased effort that must be sustained to run the system.  An organization cannot always depend that it's volunteer resources will be available to sustain the effort, either in time or skill.
     
      So when ideas are presented as "better", be very careful. Consider that unless the idea is overwhelmingly obvious as better and needed, it is probably best for the organization to avoid implementing it.  Don't stray too far from the tried and true simple systems.      -Mike


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